The grasses They are a family of plants that has more than 12,000 species, that is, the fourth family of greater species richness of the world and which is of great economic importance worldwide.
Allergy to grass is more common every day and appears earlier. In Spain, and according to data from the Spanish Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology, 1 in 4 children is allergic to them.
Although it was estimated that allergies developed in humans between the ages of 10 and 30, numerous recent cases have lowered the minimum age, and children 7, 8 or 9 years old can be victims of allergy.
Grasses They are a family of herbaceous plants very common throughout the planet and of which humans make constant use, either directly as cereal grains or oils, or indirectly as meat, milk or eggs from animals fed with these plants. Wheat, corn, sugar cane, barley, rye, oats, rice, bamboo are some of the most familiar examples of grasses, but numerous weeds also belong to this family.
Grass pollination occurs in spring, so in children affected by this allergy symptoms will multiply during this season.
The pollen of the grasses causes itching and tearing of the eyes, itchy nose and 'distemper', nasal congestion, sneezing, and even itching of the ears and palate. In more severe cases cough, shortness of breath and wheezing in the chest may also appear.
In the specific case of those affected with allergy to grasses, a high percentage of children suffer a worsening of their quality of life, often facing diseases associated with allergies such as asthma, rhinitis, conjunctivitis or dermatitis.
Vaccinating against allergies with allergenic extracts can be a solution to the problem, since any child older than 5 years It can be vaccinated, but beware is only a recommendation and it is always better to consult with the child's doctor, and that it is he, as a professional, who assesses whether it is necessary to go to the consultation of a specialist to perform the relevant tests proceed with the child's vaccination.
The vaccine consists of supplying the patient with the appropriate allergen, periodically and in increasing doses, to provoke the recognition of this in the child's immune system, and that changes do not occur in future contact with excessive exposures to the certain substance, in this case grasses.
It is important to know the pollen levels of grasses to improve the quality of life of the allergic child. For this, the levels can be consulted daily on the Internet or download an application for mobile phones.
It is advisable to avoid going out to the field, as well as riding a motorcycle, bike, horse. It would also be advisable to close the windows of the house during the evening and ventilate in the morning.
Diego Fernandez. Editor of our site
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